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Black Tower

Rat­haus­platz 2 | 5200 Brugg

Oldest buil­ding in Brugg and sym­bol of the city. It is loca­ted on the nort­hern edge of the old town, right next to the bridge that gave the city its name.

The tower was built in the last quar­ter of the 12th cen­tu­ry and was pro­bab­ly built by Count Albrecht III. von Habs­burg. In 1238 the Black Tower was first men­tio­ned in docu­ments.

Sin­ce parts of the walls, which ori­gi­na­ted from the ruins of the near­by Vin­do­nis­sa legio­na­ry camp, were also used for the con­struc­tion, it was long belie­ved that the tower was of Roman ori­gin. It was only in the 19th cen­tu­ry that it beca­me clear that the mate­ri­al was being reu­sed and that the tower had been built at least 800 years later than expec­ted.

On the west and south side, the Black Tower is enc­lo­sed by the Town Hall. The buil­ding was built in late Gothic style in 1579. Sin­ce the rebuild in 1758/59 it has had its pre­sent form.

The tower ser­ved as a district pri­son from 1846 onwards; in the cour­se of the cen­tra­li­za­ti­on of the pri­son system, the cells were lifted in Novem­ber 2006.

(acc. to Wikipedia.org)

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